Russell County Deputy Sheriff Nick Bertram was arrested late Friday night by State Police on charges of Burglary, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering With Physical Evidence and Official Misconduct.
According to the arrest warrant and citations, Bertram allegedly entered a building at Fields Welding between December 23rd-28th, taking welding equipment and other items which were later discovered at Toe Joe’s Variety & Pawn in Russell Springs.
The report also says Bertram had been using a laptop computer seized during a previous investigation for his personal business. Bertram and Lance Fields had a business relationship involving the production of farm gates.
The drug related charges were filed after KSP Troopers reportedly found a “marijuana pipe with a small amount of marijuana” inside a black duffle bag which contained Bertram’s personal grooming items. That bag was inside the patrol car assigned to the Deputy, according to the citations.
Deputy Bertram was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Sheriff Lee Smith has suspended Bertram from the department without pay pending a final outcome of the allegations against him.
The investigation was conducted by Troopers Kenny Brown, Martin Wesley and other state police officers.